pleas of the crown

Definition of pleas of the crown

1a English & Scots law : the pleas or actions of which the crown formerly claimed exclusive jurisdiction as affecting the king's peace
b Scots law : the judicial proceedings involving murder, rape, robbery, and willful fire-raising
2 English law : all criminal actions or proceedings

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History and Etymology for pleas of the crown

translation of Medieval Latin placita coronae

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“Pleas of the crown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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